Bizarre Disney Princess Wedding Gown

I am getting married this June.  That being said, I understand why a woman would want to look like a princess on her wedding day.  Childhood fairy tales tell us that princesses are usually beautiful and kind, and the Disney versions suggest they always get their happy endings.   With this in mind, it makes sense that Alfred Angelo, the designer who created my wedding gown, has teamed up with Disney to fashion a line of Disney Princess inspired wedding dresses.  In this collection, each gown is modeled after a specific princess.

Most of the gowns are lovely.  One of them, however, has some confusing associations.

Most of the princesses included in the line make sense.  Even in the original versions of their tales (or, in the case of Tiana, the story that inspired her tale) all of them got their happy endings.  Yes, there was some violence; for example, Cinderella’s stepsisters got their toes chopped off.  One of these princesses, however, is not like the others: The Little Mermaid.

In the original Hans Christian Andersen version of this story, the princess many of us know as Ariel has anything but a happy ending.  In fact, she fails to win the love of the prince and dies.  I am aware that the dresses are specifically based on the Disney versions of these tales, but the connotations from the original story still exist.  Do so few people know the original version that they actually want to look like the Little Mermaid on the day they get married?  If they do know the story, why do they want to look like someone who is unloved and dead?  Frankly, I’m a little shocked and a lot confused.

Despite this, many of the dresses are lovely and not bewildering.  Click here to see the full collection.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christopher String
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 17:14:08

    Interesting, I’ve seen these dresses featured in many of the lower end bridal stores and I’ve thought the same exact thing. Curious how stories get retroactively rewritten so that they sell better.

    Even more interesting are the stories that don’t teach us about heartache and heartbreak. Almost every story has a happy ending, there’s very little long term disappointment in them. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

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